Friday, April 27, 2012

New and Awesome!

Nothing new and awesome to report today. On the upside, I made it to Michigan safely. But, unfortunately I was seated in first class with Chatty Kathy and all he wanted to do was chit chat about his job...blah, blah, blah. So, needless to say I still haven't finished Fifty Shades Freed.
I'm disappointed in this book for whatever reason I haven't been able to connect to it. Maybe it means that I need to pick up a new novel to read...or maybe it's just my subconscious screaming at me to finish my own freaking book. But, why would I want to do that when I have a list of books the size of the declaration of independence to read.
Working on my reapers book has suddenly become my priority. It seems like AOE, though the edits I made this week made it significantly better, it’s still going to take a crap ton more time and effort to get it finished and that is time and effort that I don’t have.
I’m thoroughly impressed with Becca. She is showing me up, for sure. Making my overachievingness look like a small itty bitty effort. She joined the Romantic Writers guild nationally and locally and she has already started outlining her other book and knows exactly what it’s going to take to make it prefect. I’m glad one of us is on the ball.
For Jennifer, she last mentioned that she was working on a new SNN called Olivia’s Ghost; I can vouch for the fact that I have read the WIP and it is awesome and has such potential. There is sooo much voice in her MC it is ridiculous.
Now, I’m going back to visiting my buddies in Michigan. Hopefully before next week I will get inspired to do some real writing.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

My Dream Agents...keep dreaming.

I’m addicted to query tracker...I can’t help it. It’s very distracting. But, for the record I thought I would post my top ten YA agents that I would love, love, love to have. They are the best in the business.
Here is a list of links that I find extremely helpful. They are in order by helpfulness.
Create your agent query list and their statistics…join the critique forum also….great feedback. I have a special Paid account that I use….its 30/year….I can see the agent statistics on feedback, etc. If you all want to know a specific agents stats, just let me know.
I have an account to here….you all can download it and use it…it’s about 25.00/monthly…I put it in Jen’s name…we usually take turns using it. But, it will grammar check the hell out of it. And when you’re done with your m.s. and you paste it by chapter into grammarly, grammarly makes it perfect!
Awesome way to learn how to write a query.
I’ve received some of the best feedback for my query, synopsis, and first three chapters of my book here.
I’ve received some of the best feedback for my query, synopsis, and first three chapters of my book here.
And if you all want some very beneficial feedback on your full m.s…..join this site.
I’ve received some of the best feedback for my query, synopsis, and first three chapters of my book here.
I’ve received some of the best feedback for my query, synopsis, and first three chapters of my book here.
After today it might be a few weeks before I can post again. Everyone have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

OCD...Control Freak and Writer Frustrations

I’ve found that I am somewhat of a control freak. It’s not my fault I’m infatuated with excel spreadsheets and organization. I like knowing a schedule is nailed down and that my lists (travel lists, expense lists, grocery lists) are available. Call it a certain type of OCD. But, it’s definitely something I can’t control.

I’ll be headed towards Michigan on Friday to stay with Rebecca…travel lists in hand. Somehow or another she conned me into being a date to her cousins wedding…someone I’ve never met. What’s the proper etiquette and protocol on that? Do I dress up or dress down? Do I take a gift card or just wing it? Every wedding I have ever been to, I have been a part of. So, forgive me if I ask if it’s okay to wear black to a wedding, lol.

I’m glad to know that this week, my peers in writing are lost in a world of books. We aren’t really writing anything, yet. But, we're making notes and getting inspired by reading books that we have been procrastinating to read. I finished my Fifty Shades and Fifty Shades Darker. I’m in the middle of Fifty Shades Freed and there are two novels of Heather Graham’s that I bought at the book conference this weekend that I would love to sink my teeth into and then there is one additional book by Deanna Raybourn that I would like to finish before I go on my race to finish my reapers book.

It’s very frustrating working on a manuscript and getting so aggravated at looking at it that you just want to throw it up in the air and use it for skeet shooting. But, at times like these…I know I am not the only one who struggles as a writer. I know my co-hearts feel my pain and also fantastic authors like Stephen King who were frustrated and in my shoes. I can appreciate that.

Well, I’m off to see the Wizard today…I have got to get my mop cut and dyed and then I need to start packing my bags for Detroit. Love you all and good day!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Random Musings...Fifty Shades of Grey

These last few months have been busy, busy, and busy. And the next two months will only get busier. I leave for Michigan on Friday and I will not return to my happy home until the following Friday. And then I get to attend one of my friend’s baby showers—note to self, buy lots of diapers.

Then the following weekend I have a graduation and a family cornhole tournament that I must attend. And then the following weekend, I am throwing my youngest sister Brandi a Bridal Shower! For those of you who don’t know, I have a knack for throwing divine showers (baby and wedding). The weekend of the 26th will probably be my sister’s bachelorette party and then the following weekend is her wedding.

I’ve been thinking about my reapers book and to be honest, I really need it edited. Go through and shred it to pieces…momentary problem, I keep forgetting my thumb drive that contains my entire life’s work. Therefore, all I can do is brainstorm while I’m at work while secretly taking notes that will lead to my literary success.

FYI—I’ve recently became addicted to one author’s blog. Her name is Deanna Raybourn and I met her at the Southern Kentucky Writer’s Conference. She is both witty and undeniably humble. She has several series and stand alones published and out for sale. I visit her website daily and read the musings of Mrs. Raybourn who in return, leaves me laughing and wanting more.

For those of you who know me, I am in fact an avid reader. I am completely distraught if I don’t get the chance to sit down and read at least one a week. My most recent reading venture has been the Shades of Grey Series by E.L. James.

I read the first one in a day on my ereader and the next day, I flocked to Barnes and Noble and bought the next two in the series, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. This is an Adult Erotica Romance novel…and I have referred it to Jennifer and Becca. Jennifer has finished the series and Becca has just graduated from the first ‘vanilla sex’ scene.

Fifty Shades of Grey is an epic romance between two completely different people from two different worlds; Ms. Anastasia Steele makes a last minute decision to do the interview for her best friend Kate when Kate falls ill and is unable to complete the interview that would change her journalism career.  Unfamiliar with her interview subject, Ms. Steele meets Mr. Grey and the tension between them is electrifying. Though, she can’t understand why a millionaire would want anything to do with a college student.

When she leaves Mr. Grey, she thinks it’s the last time that they will ever cross paths until he shows up the following day coincidently at Clayton’s hardware store, were millionaires are far from regulars. Mr. Grey insists to Ms. Steele that she must have a head shot for her article. Ms. Steele schedules the photo shoot and she finds herself smitten…until she visits his house and is introduced to the red room. A room with torture devices, handcuffs, and kinky fuckery hardware…without giving away too much more…I’d like to say, BUY THIS BOOK. You won’t regret it!

Laters Peeps!

Monday, April 23, 2012

South Central Kentucky Writer's Conference

The last few months have been hectic and as much as I love writing I’ve become sidetracked by other ventures. But, right now…I promise, I will try harder.

The Bowling Green Writer’s Conference was a huge success.  Tina, Jennifer, and a fourth wheel to our aspirations joined us from Michigan. Rebecca flew in on Friday, we left from the airport and drove straight to the conference. This was Becca and Tina's first writer's conference...we learned loads. We got to meet numerous authors who were fantastic:

Heather Graham – She was the most humble person. She even took a picture with us!!! Completely and honestly, one of the most kindest people I've ever met.

Lori Copeland-She gave a lecture on co-authoring….fantastic.

Lee Martin-Witty…kept telling us jokes about how a guy walks into the bar with a large slab of asphalt. The bartender says, “What would you like?” The guys replies, “I’ll have a beer and one for the road”. Ha, Ha.

Rachel Hawkins-Funny and I could see us being good friends…her tastes are similar to ours. She writes fantastic YA Books.

Regina Jeffers-Of course, we are all in love with Mr. Darcy and we have all had the pleasure indulging in her books.

Molly Harper- Graduate from WKU!!! Makes romance novels with a little BITE!

Deanna Raybourn-Genuinely kind. Took lots of time to talk and discuss our writing aspirations. We all bought her book…she’s very unconvential and so, so, so humble.

Virginia Smith- has had the pleasure in co-authoring books with notorious Lori Copeland…very educated in contracts and the writing business.

Now, we are all excited and looking forward to the next few months. I foresee us pumping out massive word counts…one can only hope.